we’re going for a lie down……
2019 sees the tenth anniversary of the first ever Police Dog Hogan gig. Since then, it’s been quite the ride: songwriting, albums, tours, foreign jaunts, the band expanding, festivals, live radio, videos, social media, antisocial room sharing, rehearsals, gigs, laughs, tears - and of course, tea towels.
So we’ve decided to step back for a while and take stock.
To see what’s left for us to do. Whether we go on as we are, or we take off in a new direction. It’s quite a difficult thing to do when you’re in the writing/rehearsing/album recording/touring-the-album cycle.
March 15th 2019 sees our biggest-ever headlining gig at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire and that date will signal our last gig until well into 2020. So if you’d like to see us play one last time for a good while, do come along and say au revoir.
'Devon Brigade" nomination NEWS!
We were thrilled when 'Devon Brigade', the song you can see in the video below, was nominated by the Americana Music Association UK in their UK Song of the Year 2017 category. The result was announced at the AmericanaFest in Hackney on February 1st last year.
And while we didn't come first, it was still a proud moment for us. And we're busy writing songs for next time!
POLICE DOG HOGAN
Police Dog Hogan are a hard-to-pin-down mix of Americana influences and British songwriting tradition. They combine fiddle, trumpet, banjo, mandolin, accordion, drums and guitars with four-part harmonies - then fuse it all into songs whose subjects range from shitty white wine to the first day’s battle at Passchendaele; from their trip to Nashville to being hung for stealing at Tyburn, taking in songs about love, loss and a boy growing up in the West Country along the way.
Many Guardian readers will know that Tim Dowling is the banjo player in Police Dog Hogan: what they may not know is that he’s recently added the ‘Flat Guitar’ to his repertoire.
The Sunday Times described them as ‘wonderful’, The Telegraph called their gigs ‘legendary’, Mark Radcliffe on Radio 2 said ‘a great night out is guaranteed’ and much-loved DJ Johnnie Walker has named PDH as ‘one of my favourite bands’.
In2014, Police Dog Hogan were one of only three UK bands invited to Nashville to perform at the prestigious Americana Music Association awards where DJ Bob Harris - in town at the time - snapped them up for a live recording that has become one of the most-watched YouTube videos on his ‘Under the Apple Tree Sessions’ channel. In 2015, they made a showcase appearance on Harris’s Radio 2 show, and in 2016 they appeared at Glastonbury for the first time, on the Avalon stage. 2017 saw them sell out the Scala in London’s Kings Cross.
The band has played headline and support spots on the main stages of numerous key festivals – among others, they have been asked back an unprecedented three times to Larmer Tree, twice to Kendal Calling and Port Eliot, and four times to Cornbury. In fact, this year they were thrilled to be the festival’s closing act on the Songbird Stage.
And they were support to legendary Brian Wilson at this year’s Fairport Cropredy Convention.
Police Dog Hogan have a big banner and a small banner depending on where they’re playing, and have just taken delivery of a super-huge banner, just in case.
James Studholme / Lead vocals, Guitar Eddie Bishop / Violin, Mandolin, Vocals Tim Dowling / Banjo, Flat Guitar, Vocals Michael Giri / Drums, Vocals Don Bowen / Bass, Vocals Shahen Galichian / Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals Emily Norris / Trumpet, Vocals
This film was made to honour the memory of 2nd Lt Paul. F. W. Studholme of the Devonshire Regiment, and to mark the 100th anniversary of his death.
Paul was the PDH singer James Studholme’s Great Uncle. The song was inspired by the letters Paul sent home from the front and from what James knows of his young life to that point. Paul was killed in the 3rd Battle of Ypres, better known as Pashendaele, on the 4th October 1917. He was found on the Gueluvelt Plateau completely intact but with the life literally blown out of him by an enormous shell blast.
This film, features Rafe Studholme playing his Great Great Uncle, and shows Paul on his last few days of leave before rejoining his unit for the final time. Paul was only 19 when he was killed, the same age Rafe is now. They both shared a strikingly similar upbringing in Devon, the backdrop for this beautiful film.
It was directed and filmed by Rafe’s 21 year old brother Arthur Studholme.
The penknife and binoculars featured in the film were Paul’s. He had a deep love for his home county and Dartmoor in particular. He really did plant trees on his last day of leave before leaving for France. The fields and woods used as locations are the very ones he would have known intimately. The filming took place over 2 weeks in late July 2017.
The film was edited by Sam Sneade best known for his work with Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast & Birth)and graded by Oisin O’Driscoll at The Mill.